Aquaman “Pilot” (part 2 of 11)

The show starts off with voiceover narration, often a bad sign. “My son’s story,” a woman says, “begins in the ocean, a place full of secrets.” She goes on about the beauties and dangers of the ocean, over murky stock footage of seahorses, schools of goldfish (hey, there’s Nemo!), hammerhead sharks, and a Portuguese man o’ war. So far, this is as involving as an Earth Science filmstrip.

Caption contributed by Mark

“Hi! My name is Dobbin the Seahorse, and I’m an important part of the marine ecosystem!” (bing!)

But there’s something oddly familiar about the tenor of this woman’s voice. And then it hits you: she sounds exactly like Annette O’Toole. It’s the same friendly, two-packs-a-day huskiness that keeps Martha Kent sounding so maddeningly grounded all the time on Smallville. In fact, the first time I watched this I was sure it was Annette O’Toole, and that Aquaman was going to somehow turn out to be Clark’s long-lost stepbrother. (If only the ideas behind this show were even as creative as that.)

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: Aquaman "Pilot"

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